Everything you want to know about Visual Studio ALM and Farming
Brian Harry is a Microsoft Technical Fellow working as the Product Unit Manager for Team Foundation Server. Learn more about Brian.
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This is a great example of what we can accomplish together by partnering. The original plan for GAT and GAX was to wait and update them with VS 2008 releases later this year. After Beta 1, you gave feedback that these were very important to some of you to enable evaluating the betas. We went back to the team and they agreed to update them for Beta 2. And here they are...
For those of you who don't know what GAT and GAX are, here are brief descriptions:
The Guidance Automation Extensions (GAX) expands the capabilities of Visual Studio by allowing architects and developers to run guidance packages, such as those included in Software Factories, which automate key development tasks from within the Visual Studio environment.
The Guidance Automation Toolkit (GAT) is a guidance package which allows architects to author rich, integrated user experiences for reusable assets including Software Factories, frameworks, and patterns. The resulting Guidance Packages, composed of templates, wizards and recipes, help developers build solutions in a way consistent with the architecture guidance. In order to use the Guidance Automation Toolkit, you must first install the Guidance Automation Extensions.
You can download the new release here: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/teamsystem/aa718949.aspx
You can learn more at the MSDN site here: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/teamsystem/aa718948.aspx